The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.
We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month.
According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like he’s not far away from making an impact in the major leagues.
“We think he’s capable of pitching in the major leagues very soon,”
Rizzo said. “You’ve got an accomplished, major league-ready caliber
pitcher that’s competed at the highest level.”
Maya was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and played in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.
Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.
The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).